A research software engineer is someone involved in research, but more focused on the computational skills than publications. Nordic-RSE is the network of these people in the Nordics and Baltics. We currently focus on building a network of RSEs and highlighting their importance in the academic system. For RSEs or people who might want to be one, we offer opportunities for professional development and career advancement.
Do you want to know more about Nordic-RSE activies and mission? Do you want to present to others some of the tools you’ve been creating, and problems you’ve been solving? Please join us in our get together online event on 30.November – 2.December 2020. More info, registration and submission forms, list of speakers, and schedule for the three days at the event webpage.
A growing number of people in academia combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. Although this combination of skills is extremely valuable, RSEs often lack a formal place in the academic system: they may produce fewer first-author papers than a researcher, and they may contribute to many papers and not appear as a author beyond a minor acknowledgement, if that! Their code is less formal than a software developers’, and career recognition is correspondingly low. The term “Research Software Engineer” is an attempt to recognize and promote these people, and the advantages to being a RSE are similar to being a researcher. RSEs will almost always closely work with researchers.
There are two typical types of RSEs:
You can read more about RSEs demographics in the Nordics in our 2018 survey.
This is the website of the (unregistered) Nordic Research Software Engineers association. We do or want to do the following:
We are still just beginning - if you have ideas for activities we should organize, get in touch.
We are related to (but different from) the following other groups, and share a chat platform with them:
CodeRefinery is about teaching. Nordic-RSE has grown out of people involved in CodeRefinery, but CodeRefinery is not a major project of Nordic-RSE.
Nordic HPC was an attempt to bring together people from computing facilities in the Nordics (not just HPC). It is not very active now, and also a separate activity.
Most research software engineers don’t have that as their job title. If you answer yes to many of the following questions, you are doing the work of a research software engineer:
Content of this page is derived from text originally provided courtesy of the UK Research Software Engineer Association.